Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Star Building Systems' Joe Edge has more than forty years of experience in the design, construction, and sales of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
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Posted on July 09, 2014 By Dustin Cole
Here are some insights on change from Dustin Cole, Director of Engineering at NCI Group: My daughter Casey said even back in elementary school that she wanted to join the military. We tried to talk her into going to college first. It didn’t work.  Now, 20 years later, she’s been a Marine for...
Posted on May 27, 2014 By Jeff Koos
The construction industry is on the road to recovery, according to results of the 33rd annual contractors survey conducted by Metal Construction News. Most metrics improved from the previous year’s survey, including a 19.4% increase in the average annual gross contracting sales volume. The average...
Posted on May 27, 2014 By John Negich
Compelling your clients to provide you with quality referrals is one of the best ways to build a successful business.  “A powerful referral system has the potential to increase your bottom line by 5 to 20 percent or more,” says Business Leadership Coach Jonathan Goldhill in a recent...
Posted on May 11, 2014 By John Negich
How do you know when it’s time to build? There could be a few subtle signs, such as not having room for additional inventory, not having space for additional employees, not having a door for your customers to walk through. You may need to expand. Or, you may be ready for your first owned, not...
Posted on April 25, 2014 By Bob Zabcik
Here are excerpts from an insightful (and humorous) post on radiant barriers penned by Bob Zabcik, Director of Research and Development for NCI Group Inc., on the MBCI blog.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the space program (Shocked to hear that, are you?) and I remember as a kid watching the...
Posted on April 17, 2014 By Stacy Milford
In 1997, Apple told us to “Think Different.” So we did. We thought about what could happen if the world went mobile, if information was boundless, if we could carry our office in our back pocket. We’ve grown to love different and to expect change. And when it comes to Apple products, that’s not...
Posted on April 08, 2014 By Jeff Koos
Job number 61-001 changed everything. It was sold in 1961, a year of change for the nation and for Star. By January, John F. Kennedy would be president. By the end of the year, Star would launch a historic shift in our product and our distribution, a shift still active today. The job was for A...
Posted on March 31, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
Landing a project feels like winning a prize, sort of like finding that forgotten $20 bill in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while. But living on the “chance” of winning a job isn’t a great way to pay your electric bill. So, how do you swing the chances in your favor? You turn...
Posted on March 19, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
Is there a secret to competitive bidding? Not a secret, but there are certainly ways to find a better price–and some work better than others. If there was a magic bullet, that one tool in your tool belt you just couldn’t live without, then value engineering would be it. Call it the duct tape of...
Posted on March 11, 2014 By Kim Mulder
We had worked together for 30 years. As a long-standing client of mine, he and I had gone through many projects together. And we were approaching another project, one that would forever change how he viewed our working relationship. As my customer and I sat down to talk about the project details,...